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News Briefs for September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022

•Bronco Wine Co. has appointed Daniel Leonard as president and CEO. Leonard has been with Bronco for 35 years, most recently in the role of senior vice president, chief financial officer. He succeeds cofounder Fred Franzia, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 79. “As we look to the future, we’re confident Dan is the right person to lead Bronco Wine Company and carry on the long legacy that Fred built,” said Mark Couchman, vice chairman of Bronco’s board of directors.

•Shaw-Ross International is adding Iichiko Shochu to its import portfolio. Based in Oita Prefecture on Japan’s Kyushu Island, Iichiko uses a blend of proprietary Koji, yeast, spring water, two-row pearled barley, and low pressure and atmospheric distillation techniques to produce a range of blended shochus, including Iichiko Saiten, which is aimed at the mixology segment. “With Shaw-Ross’ expertise and extensive network, we are confident we can continue to drive significant growth not only for Iichiko as a brand, but for the entire category,” said Masahiko Shimoda, president of Sanwa Shurui, Iichiko’s headquarters in Japan.

•Hotaling & Co.’s Hirsch whiskey brand has introduced The Bivouac Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Distilled in Bardstown, Kentucky, 95% of the blend has a mashbill of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley, while 5% of the blend is distilled from a high malted barley mash aged for at least eight years. The custom mashbill is inspired by the A.H. Hirsch 16-Year-old Reserve. Retailing for a suggested price of $55, The Bivouac is currently in select markets, with national availability as of October 1.

•Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key Distillery is launching its annual Harvest Seasonal Gin. The 51% abv bottling retails at $40 a 750-ml. It’s billed as featuring flavors of pine, berries, and sweet spices to pair with the autumn season. The distillery also announced it will now offer a consistent recipe of seasonal gins year-to-year: Harvest (released each fall) and Rise (released each spring). “This will allow our team to dedicate more time to experimenting and showcasing creativity on a smaller scale with our distillery-only Woolgatherer releases,” said Castle & Key quality manager Jon Brown.

•Miami-based Origins Organic Imports is extending its portfolio with Ôpia Rosé ($15), a certified organic, vegan, alcohol-free Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon blend from France. Ôpia Rosé joins Ôpia Sparkling Chardonnay in the brand line, which made its U.S. debut in the summer of 2021. The new wine is made by Domaines Paul Chavin from vineyards in southwest France.

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